Say hello to the newest addition to our hotel family: City Lodge Hotel Dar es Salaam. We’ve been working hard to get this hotel open and ready for all of your business trips and holiday stays and we have to admit, it’s been worth all the effort. So, you may be asking yourself, what is there to do there? Luckily, quite a lot of adventure and new experiences are around every corner in Tanzania’s biggest city.Before you head anywhere in East Africa, it’s a good idea that you learn a bit of the most common local language.
It’s common for most people to learn some phrases in the local language as a sign of respect and because it’s fun. But Swahili is different because it’s easy to pronounce, the locals are extremely friendly, so you don’t need to worry about saying anything wrong and you already know some phrases. That’s right, you already know a few words.
How? Well, if you’ve ever watched the Lion King, you’ll be familiar with these Swahili words:
Simba – Lion
Pumba – Warthog
Rafiki – Friend
Hakuna Matata – No worries
Other words you’ll pick up quickly are:
Jambo – Hello
Karibu – Welcome
Asante – Thank you
That’s a good start to your Swahili repertoire and another great excuse to watch The Lion King again to practise!
National Museum of Tanzania
Now that you’ve landed in Dar es Salaam you might want to learn a little bit more about Tanzania’s rich history. Established way back in 1934, the museum is a piece of history in itself. Wander through the exhibits that focus on everything from archeology and fossils to King George V’s personal car. If you really love a good museum you don’t have to stop there. There are 5 museums dotted around the country that are waiting for you to explore. Now that you’ve found out more about Tanzania, it’s a good idea to let your mind relax, and we’ve got the perfect place for you!
With golden beaches, tropical weather and a bit of adventure, Bongoyo Island is a must-see when you’re in Dar es Salaam. It’s a short boat ride from central Dar es Salaam across deep blue waters that will make anybody feel like a true adventurer. On the island there are umbrellas to protect you from the sun, beautiful coral reefs to explore and even the opportunity to order the island’s specialty – fish and chips. You’ll be back in central Dar es Salaam in a few hours and you’ll have a real taste of Tanzanian adventure.
The Yacht Club
The Dar es Salaam Yacht Club, despite its name, isn’t just for people who own yachts. It’s open to the public and is a favourite spot for a relaxing drink after a long day’s work. Right on the ocean, it’s also one of the best places in the city to witness a dramatic sunset over the balmy Indian Ocean. You can also enjoy a tasty meal, walk along the beach, swim or just relax with a cold drink and enjoy the view. Don’t miss out on what might be the best sundowner location in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzania has plenty of world-famous attractions, but few tourists get to enjoy the hidden joys of Dar es Salaam. Be sure not to miss out on all this incredible city has to offer. Safari njema (Safe Travels)!